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Week #995: Dancen

Posted by Matt P. on 04.24.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #995: Dancen

Chooser: Renee

Restaurant Club: Dancen
When: Friday, April 26th @ 7pm
Where: 5114 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625 (Map)
Contact: (773) 878-2400
Cuisine: Korean Bar Food
Price Range: $$
Alcohol: Yes
Good for Kids: No
Bitcoin: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes – but only 2 per table
Transportation: Brown line – Western
Parking: Street
Dogs: No
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 153 Reviews) // Thrillist

I couldn’t decide between Dancen or Olive Garden, but then I decided that OG is too far away. (Realize now it was picked by Jon M in 2013, but still going for it)

*Might have drunk club at my place if people want

RSVP by noon on Thursday.
Reservations not avail, so we might have a bit of a wait.

Photo by Logan Javage

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Week #994: Lawrence Fish Market

Posted by Matt P. on 04.19.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #994: Lawrence Fish Market

Chooser: Alex M.

Restaurant Club: Lawrence Fish Market
When: Friday, April 19th @ 7pm
Where: 3318 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Chicago, IL 60659 (Map)
Contact: (773) 267-6838 //
Cuisine: Sushi / Seafood
Price Range: $
Reviews: Yelp (4.5 Stars, 784 Reviews)
Alcohol: Parking lot brown bag

It’s a happy coincidence I’ve been curious to check out the sushi at Lawrence Fish Market; I had forgotten it was Good Friday until Julie reminded me.

Sadly Lawrence Fish Market’s storefront suffered a fire back in February and they’ve temporarily set up shop in the Bryn Mawr Fresh Market which is the address I’ve listed below.

If that wasn’t already complicated enough: there isn’t a proper dining room. The plan is to place a group order and enjoy the spoils at our apartment in Logan Square. “Spoils” may not be the best word choice when talking about raw fish, but please RSVP by Friday at noon.

Lawrence Fish Market

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Week #993: Boston Fish Market

Posted by Matt P. on 04.10.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #993: Boston Fish Market

Chooser: Jenny L.

Restaurant Club: Boston Fish Market
When: Friday, April 12th @ 6pm
Where: 1225 E. Forest Ave., Des Plaines, IL 60018 (Map) (Please do not go to the Wheeling location unless you wish to dine solo.)
Contact: (847) 296-1111 //
Cuisine: Seafood w/ Greek influence
Price Range: $$-$$$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 896 Reviews)
Alcohol: BYOW with a $10 corkage fee/bottle
Good for Kids: definitely
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Transportation: Maybe there is a bus, but it will take you a while.
Parking: Free street parking

I don’t know about you people, but I have a hankering for seafood. Lots of it. Mountains of mussels. Heaps of halibut. I may be exaggerating a bit, but you get the idea. Come join me at Boston Fish Market in Des Plaines this Friday. Your little ones are welcome. It’s BYOW, and there’s a $10 corkage fee/bottle. I’d like to make the start time 6:30 PM to give other city folk time to get up to the burbs, but wait times will be longer. Let’s make it 6:00 PM. This place is super casual with counter service, so just let me know if you’ll be by later and we’ll save a seat for you.

Please RSVP by 3 PM on Friday. Hope to see you there!


Rainbow Thai Cuisine
Photo by Phill C.

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Week #992: Cesar’s Killer Margaritas

Posted by Matt P. on 04.02.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #992: Cesar’s Killer Margaritas

Chooser: Pfeffer

Restaurant Club: Cesar’s Killer Margaritas
When: Friday, April 5th @ 6:30pm
Where: 3166 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 (map)
Contact: (773) 248-2835 //
Cuisine: Mexican w/ an emphasis on margaritas (Menu)
Price Range: $-$$
Reviews: Yelp (3 Stars, 650 Reviews)
Alcohol: Full Bar

Hello everyone-

My pick this week is a true throwback.

Picture this- it’s April of the year 2000. My sister says to me, “My friends from college are starting a restaurant club- you should come!”

It was a very different time, where there were at least 16 people in attendance and we needed a huge table. I’m pretty sure it was only the first of multiple stops that evening, after which I left my car and took a cab home I hailed on the street- because I didn’t have a cell phone and there was no Lyft or Uber. Others had cell phones, but no one’s cell phone had a camera to document this momentous occasion. It was only the second ever pick, my first RC ever, and it’s the oldest RC pick that is still open.

They’ve changed the name from Cesar’s Tacos, to Cesar’s Killer Margaritas, but since they still have over a dozen flavored margaritas in Large and Jumbo, they are simply playing to their strengths.

Please join me this Friday to support this venerable institution 18 years, 11 months and 3 weeks to the day after RC #2 was held there. In another throwback, their website notes only one check per table and no split checks, so please bring cash- just like we used to!

There is a Cubs game that day, but they are away, so hopefully the accompanying traffic will be too.

Please RSVP by noon on Thursday.



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Week #991: Pub Royale

Posted by Matt P. on 03.31.19 § Permalink | Comments Off on Week #991: Pub Royale

Chooser: Bob

Restaurant Club: Pub Royale
When: Friday, March 29th @ 6pm
Where: 2049 W. Division St., Chicago, IL 60622 (map)
Contact: (773) 661-6874 //
Cuisine: Indian / British
Price Range: $$
Reviews: Yelp (4 Stars, 64 Reviews)
Alcohol: Full Bar

Just FYI. I called an audible and switched it up to Pub Royale because I’m going to early show down here and this place is very tasty. For those keeping score, I managed to find someone to be a second diner with me.

Pub Royale

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